NaNo starts tomorrow!


*deep breaths*

So to distract myself, I'll talk about my project. *sarcasm*

Thank goodness I don't have to come up with questions to answer, Cait has already done that for me.

(clip from her post, link on her name above)

Just like every year, we’re giving our monthly link up “Beautiful People” a small rest so we can focus on “Beautiful Books”. (You can see last year’s Stage 1Stage 2, and Stage 3 linkups.) Sky and I host Beautiful Books so we can focus on  our NaNoWriMo projects. The format is the same as Beautiful People. We’ll post 10 questions to answer about your WiP — aka your beautiful book.  Answer the questions in a blog post of your own and then come back here to link up!

Ze fabulous questions:

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
Last October I was trying to get to sleep, but then it hit me: "Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty! Why is that not a combo I haven't heard of?" Hence: The Songbird. So then I proceeded to write down a couple names and key ideas that's how I plot, shhh and plan to write it for last year's NaNo. I only got about 10k words in before dropping it *ducks* so now I'm giving it another run this NaNo, completely starting over.

Describe what your novel is about!
*ahem* Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood is the basic idea, but here's the synopsis I came up with:
A furious dragon Queen. Wouldn’t want to get in her way.
Deception. Adds intrigue, wouldn’t you say?
The arranged marriage long awaited.
Curses. On the Hero or the Villain, who can tell?
A Songbird and a Pirate. Will all end well?
So yes. It'll be interesting to say the least.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
Open seas, half-lit forests, gloomy castles, disguises, a sympathetic evil sidekick, banishment.

Introduce us to each of your characters!
William and Aurora Thrush: King and Queen of Doriar. William has a short attention span and is liable to wake up at three in the morning and wonder why no one else wants to get the day started. Aurora is calm and steadfast.

Aria (Robin) Thrush: Is strong-willed. A "go get 'em" kind of person. She loves her Aunts, and even though she never knew who her parents were, she is content to know that they loved her.

Margaret, Florence, and Fauna: Three sisters sent to protect the royal family. Margaret is motherly, Florence is stubborn, and Fauna is the one who makes sure the other two don't kill each other.

Millicent: Sister to William. Something about a dragon. Might have sold her memories.

Doran Hood: Pirate, a bit morally grey (is it weird that I prefer 'grey' over 'gray'?), of course he can fire a bow and arrow.

Uan: Very loyal. Likes to sass. Evil henchman at its finest. 

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
Tea. Music. Some procrastination. The one time I tried to outline, I accidentally started a whole other book. 

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
All the feels.

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
A slapdash village on an island of outlaws and exiles. 
A broken-down fortress in an abandoned world.
A creaky ship.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Her goal is to lift the oppression on the kingdom. Only, the oppression is headed by a dragon Queen, so there's difficulty there. (I know I didn't say who, shh!)

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Well, she learns forgiveness and to take responsibility for what is hers.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
Forgiveness and grace. Teamwork. The world isn't always sparkly and pretty. 

I want them to feel satisfied, but also want to read more of what I write. 

GUYS! It's T- 7 hours until midnight, which is when I plan to start. 

So soon. O.o

I also am supposed to write 5k words the first day.

*panic mode*

Whose idea was this anyway?

I have a life, you know! (actually... nah, I can let you think that)

I promise I'll end up mostly sane by the end of all this.

Well then.
Are you doing NaNo? (we can shriek together, if you want)
What do you do to prepare?
Music suggestions?
Tell me!


  1. I THINK I'M STARTING AT MIDNIGHT ALSO ASDFGKLJ. But you get to start an hour before me lol

  2. I still can't believe Nov is tomm,and begins the madness of NaNo. *shakes head* Totally not prepared, but really excited to start writing. :)

  3. Oh great. I have to stay up past my bedtime tonight...TO WRITE, BECAUSE GOODNESS GRACIOUS NANO IS TOMORROW WHATEVER WILL WE DO??


  4. AHHHH NANO IS TOMORROW. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. *hyperventilates* We can do this...maybe. :P

    Good luuuuuuck!

    1. Ahem, you are doing amazing, keep up the good work!

  5. That synopsis poem is really the best.

  6. I KNOW WE ARE ALL INSANE BUT HEY lets be insane together. LOL!!

    btw those gifs?? they're beyond fab

    1. Why be insane by yourself if you can be insane with other people? ;)


  7. EEP ITS GOING TO BE EPIC 5k in 24 hours what are we even thinking xD

    1. Well, you doubled me, so I imagine your competitive side kicked in. XD

  8. Oh my gosh! You guys are starting at midnight??? Hahaha, NO THANKS! I have school tomoroow...

    Though I will admit it sound kinda fun and when I don't live at home any longer, I will have to give it a go!

    1. It's stressful to say the least! BUT OH SO MUCH FUN!

  9. Such a great post!!! =D The GIFs are perfect.

    Also, your book sounds AWESOME?!?!?! Good luck this month!! :)

    1. Thank you so much! And good luck to you as well!


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